Trouble installing airport extreme card on powerbook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kristingleason, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. kristingleason macrumors newbie

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    I bought an airport extreme card in 2006, and haven't tried installing it until this morning (always been hardwired!) Can't seem to figure it out now, as the card seems too small for the slot on my Powerbook G4. Am I missing something??? Also, will I need a specific mac base, or will I be able to configure my mac to reach the dlink base we have in the house for the other pc's? Any help you have on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Most PowerBook G4s used Airport cards, not Airport Extreme cards. Sounds like you may have wrong card.
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    The Aluminium ones all were Airport Extreme capable. The Ti books were Airport.
     
  5. kristingleason thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is a 1 Ghz Powerbook G4 17". I'm running OSX 10.4.11. In the system profiler, under airport card, it says airport extreme, although I haven't installed it yet... Do you think it's the wrong type of card? What other information about what type of machine I have would you need to tell? Thanks for your help!
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The Powerbook G4 uses a mini PCI card; the N-wireless Extreme card is a mini PCI-Express; they are not interchangeable.
     
  7. kristingleason thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is aluminum. That's very confusing that the system profiler says airport extreme, but an airport extreme card won't fit! Especially since I bought it at a mac store and told them what model I had! Do you think it matters that I bought the computer in the USA, but bought the card while I was living overseas in Australia?

    So if this is the wrong type of card, what type would I need for the Powerbook G4 17"? And will it work with the router I already have (dlink for the other PC's) or will I have to get a special mac one?

    Thanks again for all the advice!
     
  8. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, but I'm missing something here...

    According to MacTracker, your model (17" 1 GHZ) came with the Airport Extreme built in (b/g). It is inside the computer. If there were no Airport Card installed, the System Profiler wouldn't detect one.

    Are you trying to install a new one in the outside PCMCIA slot (on the left side of the machine)? It is not a PCMCIA card.
     
  9. kristingleason thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was trying to install an external one, since I didn't know it already came with one... How can I activate the wireless if it already comes with a card installed inside the computer? Sorry... not very computer savvy when it comes to hardware. Appreciate all the help and advice I'm getting on this forum!
     
  10. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Well, there is no such thing as an "External Airport Card", so that was your initial problem.

    You can activate your (internal card) using either of two methods.

    1. In the Menu bar, you should see an Airport Icon (looks like a diamond standing on its point). Click on that and select "Turn Airport On".

    or...

    2. System Preferences -> Network -> Airport -> Click button "Turn Airport On".
     

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